American pop-punk band Good Charlotte have been locked in to headline the NRL grand final entertainment. International superstars Joel and Benji Madden will bash out their hits Last Night and I Don’t Wanna Be in Love at the decider at ANZ Stadium on September 30. Ireland’s The Script, will also feature as part of the day-long festivities. ”We are excited to play at the NRL grand final; we always feel so at home in Australia, so to be included in a sporting event like this is really exciting for us,” the Maddens said. ”Hopefully we don’t screw up in front of such a big crowd! Can’t wait to see everyone there! Thank you, Australia.” Joel Madden is well known to local audiences after his stint as a coach on The Voice. A finalist from the show, Sarah De Bono, will perform the national anthem, while the Mindfield Project, a group of young musos from Sydney’s south west, will also play a track. The Script will perform their hit singles Hall of Fame and Breakeven as part of a pre-match tribute to this year’s retiring NRL players, including Nathan Hindmarsh, Luke Burt, Petero Civoniceva, Ben Hornby and Dean Young. They will also perform another song during the half-time break. The Madden boys will squeeze in a three-concert tour – in Melbourne, at Luna Park and in Newcastle – the week before the grand final.
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FRIDGE RE-OPENED

The Fridgegate investigation has been reopened. Sin Bin revealed in January that Manly backer Steve Reilly had pulled his sponsorship of the club over allegations that one of the fridges provided for the players had been appropriated by former media manager Peter Peters. Club officials claimed they were powerless to act because ”Zorba” was no longer affiliated with the premiers. However, it’s understood the matter is back on the agenda after Reilly fired off an email – obtained by Sin Bin – to club bosses on Thursday. It read, in part: ”Peter Peters was never fully investigated or was prepared to give a full statement of facts because allegedly he was no longer employed or legally connected to the Manly Warringah NRL Team. On reading recent media comments, this has now changed and I request that Kerry Chrysiliou now follow up with what her fellow board members directed her to do and that was to interview and obtain a full statement of facts with regard to my complaint regarding my stolen fridge unit.” It was resolved that a full report into the matter be tabled at the next board meeting. It wasn’t the only bit of argy-bargy at the fiery meeting. The Penn faction sent a letter to directors calling for long-serving official Bob Reilly to be stood down from the district club, claiming he was damaging the brand. Every single director, bar one, dismissed it out of hand. ”The Sea Eagles are proud to have Bob on board,” said board spokesman Phil Sidney, who is also the boss of part-owner Quantum. ”He brings a lot of insight and he’s always dealt ethically with everybody. He brings a lot of experience to the football club.”

BLAKE STAKED

We’re hearing very strong mail that former leaguie Phil Blake is the favourite for the vacant Waratahs coaching job. The former Manly, Norths, Souths, Dragons, Raiders and Warriors playmaker has impressed the right people and has the inside running. An announcement is imminent.

BEAR BACKERS

The Central Coast Bears are taking a leaf out of South Sydney’s book in their quest to gain admission into the NRL. The Bears have posted a petition and are calling on all rugby league supporters to sign up. At the time of writing, 1713 supporters had done so. ”As South Sydney commence their finals campaign, it is worth remembering it was only through people power that they are still competing,” Bears boss Greg Florimo said. ”All fans of the Bears – and anyone who believes the league should respect its history – are urged to sign the petition.” You can check it out at change南京夜网/bringbackthebears

THAIS IN TOUCH

Cronulla sponsor Shark Energy Drink may extend its association with rugby league … all the way to Asia. Apparently a Thailand team has been in touch about forming a relationship with the company.

RELAXED TO THE MAX

NSW Origin Legends president Chris Anderson has downplayed talk of a feud with colleague Max Krilich. The NSWRL has distanced itself from the organisation following its failure to supply financial accounts. ”No, we’re fine,” Anderson said of Krilich. ”We’re growing from turning over $200,000 18 months ago to turning over about $1.3 million and with that comes some growing pains. We’ve had some blues along the way in terms of what direction we want to take with resources, but it’s just the normal hassles that comes with growing a business five times [its size] in 18 months.” Anderson said he was hopeful the NSWRL would realign itself with the NSW Origin Legends when they provided their audited accounts at a board meeting in coming weeks.

THAT’S MY BEN

Even Ben Barba’s father has been ”Haslered”. Ken Barba revealed he had a tear in the eye watching Ben play finals footy on Friday night. Asked how premiership favouritism sat with him, Ken replied: ”No, no, we’re just flying under the radar.”

PEACHEY KEEN

Sharks under-20s forward Tyrone Peachey, the nephew of Cronulla legend David, will sign a one-year extension to remain at the club.

HUMBLE HADLEY

We revealed last week that Andrew Voss had brought defamation proceedings against fellow Nine Network commentator Ray Hadley. The matter was set to be heard this week but was settled out of court on Thursday – Voss’s birthday. As part of the six-figure settlement, Hadley had to read out an apology to Voss on his 2GB breakfast show, saying his ”criticisms were unwarranted”. Voss told Sin Bin: ”I am happy Ray has conceded his comments were unwarranted and for acknowledging the unnecessary hurt it caused my family. He regrets making the comments. We can all make mistakes, I guess.”

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